BE OPEN TO COUNSELING

Virtually no assault family violence cases get a good result (dismissed) without some type of counseling. The only scenario where assault cases are resolved without counseling is if you are willing to take a conviction and go to jail or we win a jury trial. It is your choice, of course. However, my advice is that we try to get the case dismissed with counseling first. We always try to negotiate for the minimum counseling, but most assault cases require a BIPP class. While counseling is almost always resisted by our clients at first, they usually end up being happy that they did it. Even if you don’t think you *need* counseling, it usually ends up being valuable. You could also end up helping other people in the class.